LifeinAsia - 9:12 pm on Feb 8, 2013 (gmt 0)
this as a great way to let webmasters themselves moderate the quality of links.
This has absolutely nothing to do with moderating the quality of links. It's only an indication of whether the site owner is willing to pay $5 for the "privilege" of linking to your site. It's not an indication of quality- more of an indication of gullibility of the linking site owner.
If people are charging others in a way that benefits Google and improves the quality of signal they use, I can't see the plex complaining. Can you?
I can't see any way, shape, or form that this type of extortion would benefit Google.
Quite the opposite- now all the disavow submissions would be suspect: are they really "bad" sites, or did the site owners just refuse to pay the extortion fee demanded of them?
Now, if there was the opposite of a disavow report- a way to tell Google, "Hey, this link to my site is a great link that I trust." In that case, there might be a way to suck in some money with a "Hey, I see you're linking to my site. For $5 I'll report your site as a good link to my site!" letter to webmasters.
But I still wouldn't play that game.